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Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama, Musical | July 2010 (USA)
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After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.


Damien Chazelle


Damien Chazelle
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »


Credited cast:
Jason Palmer Jason Palmer ... Guy
Desiree Garcia ... Madeline
Sandha Khin Sandha Khin ... Elena
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karen Adelman Karen Adelman ... Karen
Suzanne Bouffard Suzanne Bouffard ... Dancer at Summer Shack
Kelly Burk Kelly Burk ... Dancer at Summer Shack
Anna Chazelle ... Laura
Bernard Chazelle Bernard Chazelle ... Paul
Gonzalo Digenio Gonzalo Digenio ... John
Frank Garvin Frank Garvin ... Frank
Eli Gerstenlauer Eli Gerstenlauer ... Eli
Carolyn Glicklich Carolyn Glicklich ... Dancer at Summer Shack
Greg Greg ... Greg Duncan
Keith Gross-Hill Keith Gross-Hill ... Keith
Kevin Harris Kevin Harris ... Kevin
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After connecting with the shy Madeline, a jazz trumpeter embarks on a quest for a more gregarious paramour, but through a series of twists and turns punctuated by an original score, the two lovers seem destined to be together.

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Drama | Musical


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Did You Know?


Shortly after completing the film, a friend suggested to writer/director Damien Chazelle to watch Barry Jenkins's film Medicine for Melancholy (2008) given it was another black and white contemporary film gaining momentum among the indie circuit. Ironically, a friend of Barry Jenkins' told him to watch Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench (2009) shortly after completing his film. Both directors were up for several Academy Awards in 2017 for their films La La Land (2016) and Moonlight (2016) respectively and only discovered this after speaking to one another during The Hollywood Report's Oscar's Roundtable. See more »


When Guy and Elena meet on the train, a recorded announcement says "Entering Charles/MGH, Mass. General Hospital," but they are on a Green Line train, which doesn't go to Charles station. See more »


Referenced in La La Land (2016) See more »


Love in the Fall
Music by Daniel DiMaggio & Justin Hurwitz
Lyrics by Damien Chazelle
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Damien Chazelle has come a LONG way
13 January 2020 | by Jeremy_UrquhartSee all my reviews

After loving both Whiplash and La La Land more than just about any movie that came out in the respective years they were released, I looked through Chazelle's filmography, keen to watch more. First Man was a pretty good follow-up, but finding another music-related film, that was apparently a musical? And had great reviews? I tried to keep my expectations tempered because of the tiny budget and the fact that it was something of a student film, but even then... finally getting around to this proved disappointing.

There's technically a story here about young people falling in and out and then maybe in love again, but it's weak, and the characters fail to make an impression. I love his other movies because Chazelle has an uncanny ability to make you understand the passion the characters feel towards whatever they're doing. Here, I didn't get that. The acting didn't seem awful, and neither was the cinematography or music... it's just that none of it elevated a mostly non-existent story, and I neither cared nor really understood what was going on.

For something haphazard and with a tiny budget, it's not awful. If it were a student film, it'd probably get a decent mark. But now that he's made such a name for himself, I think it's going to be difficult for new viewers to approach this movie and find it genuinely enjoyable. I can say this though: it's made me appreciate his other films all the more, because the improvement present from this to Whiplash and La La Land is staggering.

I could only suggest this movie to diehard fans, and even then, not too enthusiastically. Gives you a good idea of where Chazelle started, and the themes of his later films are sort of present here, which is neat- they're just less compelling and not as effectively explored.

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Release Date:

July 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$60,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,233, 7 November 2010

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1.37 : 1
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